Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. Acts 3:19-20
God has chosen to bless his people by generously filling them with the Holy Spirit. The conditions for receiving this gift are true repentance, turning toward God, listening to everything that Christ tells us and always striving to obey Christ.
Throughout this present time and until Christ’s return, God will send “times of refreshing,” through the outpouring and the work of the Holy Spirit, to all who truly turn from their own way to follow God. Although difficult times will come before Christ returns and many will abandon their faith in God, he still promises to send times of spiritual revival, renewal and refreshing to encourage his faithful followers. Christ’s presence, spiritual blessings, miracles and evidence of the Spirit’s power will be a reality for those who endure opposition from the world, reject its evil influence and remain true to God during the difficult times ahead.
One day Christ will return from heaven to defeat the forces of evil and establish God’s kingdom on earth free from sin. In the end, all things the Old Testament foretells of being restored will be restored. Christ will fully restore and renew all of creation and will bring it “into the glorious freedom on the children of God” (Romans 8:18-23). At that time, Jesus will reign personally on the earth. Please understand this: it is not the people still on earth, but Christ and the armies from heaven, who will bring the triumph of God and his kingdom.
Today’s Bible Readings:
Leviticus 25:47-27:13, Mark 10:32-52, Psalm 45:1-17 and Proverbs 10:22